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Outdoor Canada earns three prestigious National Magazine Award nominations

Award contender: Outdoor Canada's Summer 2012 cover story celebrating the magazine's 40th anniversary, has been nominated for a National Magazine Award

On Wednesday, Canada’s National Magazine Awards Foundation unveiled the nominees for the 36th annual National Magazine Awards, and once again Outdoor Canada is in the running for several of the prestigious honours.

Congratulations to all of our nominated contributors and Field Editors, as well as to my talented editorial team: Art Director Sandra Cheung, Managing Editor Bob Sexton, Associate Editor Scott Gardner, Copy Editor Deanna Dority and former Associate Art Director Matt Filion. And a special doff of the toque goes to Fishing Editor Gord Pyzer and contributor Charles Wilkins, both of whom earned two shots at winning an award.

This year, the awards program entertained some 2,000 entries from across the country in 47 written, visual, integrated and special categories. Outdoor Canada’s nominations are as follows:

Editorial Package category: “Why We Do It: 40 Great Reasons to Celebrate Fishing and Hunting” (Summer 2012), by Tom Adamchick, Mark Anderson, Ken Bailey, Jack Bramm, Mario Carlucci, Darryl Choronzey, Alan Davy, Brad Fenson, Scott Gardner, George Gruenefeld, John Hoover, Jake MacDonald, Gord Nuttall, Angelo Paino, Wayne Phillips, Gord Pyzer, Brian Randle, Bonnie Schiedel, T.J. Schwanky, Bob Sexton, Ryan Shervill, Matt Straw, Kevin Van Tighem, Patrick Walsh & Charles Wilkins

How-to category: “Top Secrets Revealed!” (Winter 2012), by Gord Pyzer

Science, Technology & the Environment category: “Losing Lake Winnipeg” (May 2012), by Charles Wilkins

The winners will be announced June 7 during the annual gala ceremony at The Carlu in Toronto. Please cross some fingers for us!

I should also note that our sister publication, Cottage Life, is up for 10 awards, including the coveted Magazine of the Year title. Good luck, friends! For more information on the National Magazine Awards and a complete list of nominees, click here.

Award contender: Outdoor Canada's Summer 2012 cover story celebrating the magazine's 40th anniversary, has been nominated for a National Magazine Award
Award contender: Outdoor Canada’s Summer 2012 cover story celebrating the magazine’s 40th anniversary, has been nominated for a National Magazine Award

Patrick Walsh

Patrick Walsh

Patrick Walsh is Outdoor Canada's Editor-in-Chief and Brand Manager. He grew up fishing and hunting in Bracebridge, Ontario, where he began his magazine career in 1983 as assistant editor of Muskoka Life magazine. Since then, he has worked for a variety of media, both in Canada and abroad, earning numerous writing and editing awards. In 2005, 2011 and 2012, the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors named him Editor of the Year, while Outdoor Canada was honoured as Magazine of the Year (in the medium circulation category). Walsh has been at the magazine's helm since 2000.